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Setoguchi scores 2 goals as Sharks beat Rangers 7-3, halt 7-game win streak

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NEW YORK - Devin Setoguchi scored two of San Jose's six consecutive goals and the Sharks took advantage of New York backup goalie Steve Valiquette in a 7-3 comeback victory Monday night that snapped the Rangers' seven-game winning streak.

The Sharks got off to a sluggish start in the first half of the first period, falling behind 2-0. San Jose got even before the period was over and then scored three more goals in the second on only 10 shots at Valiquette.

No. 1 netminder Henrik Lundqvist took over in the third for Valiquette, who allowed five goals on 18 shots. Lundqvist gave up Ryan Vesce's third NHL goal - second in two games this season - at 3:46 of the third, and one to Patrick Marleau with 1:55 remaining that completed the scoring.

New York (7-2) hadn't lost since a season-opening defeat at Pittsburgh, but despite the winning streak coach John Tortorella expressed concerns about how his club was playing. The Rangers allowed more than three goals in a game for the first time this season, and had yielded a total of five in the previous three victories.

Brad Staubitz and Dany Heatley scored in the first period for the Sharks (5-3-1), and former Rangers forward Jed Ortmeyer added a goal in the second before Setoguchi struck twice. Marleau also had two assists.

Chris Drury and rookie defenceman Michael Del Zotto staked the Rangers to the early lead against goalie Evgeni Nabokov, but that quickly became a distant memory. Nabokov gave up Enver Lisin's goal that made it 6-3 with 2:48 left in the game and finished with 27 saves.

Setoguchi started the season with a flourish, posting four goals and five points in San Jose's first four games. After three consecutive pointless efforts, Setoguchi bounced back with three goals in two games. He moved into a tie with Marleau for the team lead with seven goals, one more than Heatley.

The Sharks, three games into a six-game Eastern trip, cut New York's lead to 2-1 with 7:11 left in the first on Staubitz's first of the season and tied it on Heatley's power-play goal at 18:12.

Ortmeyer made it 3-2 by cleaning up a rebound in front 1:19 into the second, and Setoguchi scored his first of the game during another man-advantage at 6:05.

The Rangers killed off consecutive penalties to Sean Avery, but couldn't gain any momentum or seriously threaten Nabokov.

Setoguchi pushed the lead to 5-2 by converting Marleau's cross-ice pass past Valiquette with 2:39 left in the second.

It appeared the Rangers were on the way to their eighth straight win - a streak they haven't matched since Dec. 27, 1974-Jan. 11, 1975 - when Drury and Del Zotto scored 1:17 apart to give New York a 2-0 lead at 8:34.

Notes: The Rangers gave up more than one power-play goal for the first time this season. San Jose went 2-for-7 with the advantage. ... New York scored on the power play for the sixth straight game after failing on its first nine chances. ... Vesce, a Lloyd Harbor, N.Y., native, grew up a Rangers fan. ... Nabokov has played in every Sharks game this season, going 5-2-1. ... Rangers RW Marian Gaborik was pointless for the first time.

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